Super Planet Crash – The Ultimate Space Game

Have you ever wondered how different masses in space interact with each other gravitationally and how stable solar systems form? Then you will want to check out the game Super Planet Crash.Super Planet Crash is a planetary-gravity game that originated from an open-source program used by astronomers to detect planets outside of our Solar System. The game is the work of Greg Laughlin Stefano Meschairi at UC Santa Cruz.This fun and addictive game entice users to create planetary systems utilizing several different astronomical bodies, including Earth-like planets, Super-Earths, Ice Giants, Giant Planets, Brown Dwarfs, and Dwarf Stars. How To Play Super Planet Crash The game starts with a single Earth-like planet orbiting a central parent star. The challenge is for players to create a solar system by adding additional masses within a distance of 2 Astronomic Units from the parent star (1 AU is the distance between the Earth and the Sun).The…

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Why Is Pluto Not a Planet?

History of Pluto's Discovery Pluto was previously considered a planet since it's discovery in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. Pluto had little resistance to its classification as the ninth planet upon its discovery. This may have been a slight case of confirmation bias since the presence of a "ninth planet" or "planet X" was hypothesized by Percival Lowell. Lowell believed that the apparent discrepancies of Uranus were the causation of another planet beyond Neptune. Pluto was within only 6 degrees of the predicted location of the ninth planet as predicted by Lowell. However, Lowell predicted that this planet would be around 6.6 the mass of Earth.As telescopes improved, we were able to learn more about Pluto. In 1950, Gerard Kuiper was able to observe Pluto as a spherical world using a 200-inch telescope at Mount Palomar. Kuiper estimated that Pluto's diameter was around 5,900 kilometers. Pluto was observed as it passed near…

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3 Reasons Why People Still Believe the Archaic Flat Earth Theory

I must say that I am fascinated by this growing "anti-flat earther" movement online in response to flat-earthers and other fringe conspiracy theories. The people within this trend are adamant about proving that the Earth is a globe. I second their motion. However, how they go about the business of addressing this issue leaves much to be desired.They usually come from a logical point of view, which is excellent for most assertions regarding our world's nature, but it has inherent flaws and doesn't acknowledge the real issue at hand with flat earthers.If empirical evidence is all that was needed to whisk away the pesky idea, then it wouldn't exist, but yet it persists. Our knights in shining armor are heavily armed, but maybe a little too armed. The dynamic between flat earthers and anti-flat earthers is a mirror image of most political conflicts in our times.In this scenario, one is correct,…

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Space Music: Solarbeat

As a former graphic designer, I have always loved interactive projects. That's why I was ecstatic when I found the interactive musical project created by Luke Twyman and Whitevinyl!SolarBeat features musical chords using the real orbital frequencies of the eight planets along with the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. The tunes can be adjusted to add more echo, flutter, and bass. Along with these adjustments, scale and speed can be adjusted as well. So the next time you're bored or have some free time play some Solar System tunes.Since the planetary orbital frequencies are real, the interactive project can serve as an education piece for young students wanting to understand the differences in time each planet takes to orbit the Sun.Luke Twyman is a talented interactive designer, photographer, web developer, singer, and musician based out of Brighton, UK. He's the man behind Neverest Songs (not to be mistaken for the Canadian band) and some…

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Why Space Needs Marketers

With the rise of "NewSpace," we have seen some companies on the rise with a vision of how they see themselves in this new age space race. Engineers are scientists flushed with start-up capital launching programs and initiatives in what seems to be a daily basis. Companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic have lofty the goals when it comes to getting humans in space. Sadly, they've seemed to miss a crucial element of space exploration that ultimately doomed NASA.The problem is pretty straightforward. As long as there are issues such as healthcare, taxes, unemployment, education, and poverty, space isn't top of mind for 95% of people. You and your friends my love space, but the public is lukewarm at best when it comes to traveling the stars. Most people couldn't name all eight planets or what is the Sun made out of a lesser-known dream of going to…

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